I spent my Mother's Day sewing! What could be better!
This gorgeous fabric was just calling out to be a summer top for Mom (me!) My favorite pattern right now comes from Simplicity 2404. What, it doesn't look like the pattern envelope? Well, yes, this is a dress pattern... but I traced the bodice and extended it into a top and it makes a fantastic princess seam top.
The fabric is from Marcy Tilton. It is cotton, but a luxurious cotton that almost feels like washed linen. The pattern is a vintage kimono print that makes me think of Hokusai. Any excuse to think about Hokusai is a good thing.
Both sides of the fabric are lovely... one is more blue, one is more of a warmer palette. I sewed down the seam allowances as a seam finish and I liked it so much that I made it the right side of my garment.
previous version I made the sides longer, in this one I gave it a bit of a 'tail'- I made the back longer than the front.
Simplicity 2237, traced and extended into a simple shift dress/tunic.
continuous method was just enough to bind both the dress and the top.
Of course her dress has pockets! Sort of a necessity for toddler garments. I'm sort of just lucky I got them in the right places since she refused to try on the dress at the critical point. The dress has a back zipper too for quick dressing of a wriggly toddler.
One funny story. When I finished her dress she put it on right away, totally excited that Mom had made her something. So while she was occupied playing with her new pockets, I was trying to finish my top and not watching her too carefully. But then I got that feeling... you know, that little nagging feeling that it has been quiet just a bit too long.
When I turned around and she has my seam ripper in hand and was busy altering her dress! "Sewing" just like mommy.
So there's a hole right in the front of the dress, in between the pockets! I patched it on the back with a piece of fusible and it isn't too noticeable. You can't really even see it with the pattern. Whew!
Happy Mother's Day everyone!